December 17, 2017

12.17.17 Team Eblast

Our last weekend of qualifiers! Shout out to all of our amazing event hosts and their crews for all of their hard work and dedication to our teams and program!! Last mega note of the season - I'm pretty sure...

December 1, 2017

12.01.17 Team Eblast

A word from our esteemed Head Referee regarding the use of alignment devices:

11.20 Team Eblast

Safety l Alignment Devices l Practice Field l Awards l Forms l Tech Survey l Orange Alliance App l FiM Grants l Recap of Event Info

November 17, 2017

11.16 Team Eblast


October 28, 2017

10.28 Team Eblast

Open Spots at Events l Certificate of Participation l Youth Registration l Forms and Rosters l Volunteer reg l Grants l Competition tips

October 15, 2017

10.11 Team Eblast

FiM FTC 2nd Qualifier Registration opens 8am, 10/12

October 2, 2017

10.01 Team Eblast

Home Event Pre-assignment & Home Event Reg l PTC Training l Open Site Locations

09.28 Team Eblast

Event Reg l Youth Team Member Reg l Open FTC Fields l Grants l Changes to match play l States l Reminders

Open FTC Field Sites

These FTC open field hosts have graciously opened their doors to provide access to an official FIRST Relic Recovery field. This is a great opportunity to practice, troubleshoot, scrimmage, and rehearse the new Autonomous to Driver Controlled transition (watch the linked video on the blog): 

September 22, 2017

9.20.17 Team Eblast


September 13, 2017

2017-18 FiM FTC Events (to date)

Please visit the 2017-2018 FIM FTC Event Process for complete information on the FiM FTC event structure and how event registration is handled.

September 5, 2017

9.5.17 Team Eblast

9.5.17 Team Eblast

August 24, 2017

2017-2018 FTC Kickoff Events

2017-2018 FIRST in Michigan FTC Kickoff Events

August 23, 2017

8.25.17 Team Eblast

Registration l Kickoff Events l Velocity Vortex Element Giveaway l Reminders

August 10, 2017

8.10.17 Team Eblast

Season Reg l Grants l Kickoff Events l Other News

July 27, 2017

7.27.17 New Team Eblast

7.27.17 - New Team Eblast

June 9, 2017

06.19.17 Team Eblast

06.09.17 Team Eblast - MDE Grant l Kickoff l Mentor Camp l Reminders

May 25, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Season!

Thanks for your interest in forming a MI Middle School FTC team! In Michigan, we run a slightly different progression of programs from FIRST national. FIRST in Michigan (FiM) FTC is a middle school only program with teams comprised solely of MI middle school aged/grade team members. Teams must be properly aligned in order to be eligible for FiM FTC grants and to participate in FiM FTC events. 

Velocity Vortex Certificates

Certificates of Participation and Appreciation for the 2016-2017 FTC Velocity Vortex season are linked below. Thanks to all for a great season!

Certificate of Participation (Team Members)

Certificate of Appreciation (Mentors, Volunteers, etc.)

May 19, 2017

05.19.17 Team Eblast

05.19.17 Team Eblast

March 25, 2017

03.17.17 Team Eblast

We have two FIRST in Michigan FTC spring events on the docket: Agendas and Event Information are updated often. Please bookmark and check back often.

May 5-6, 2017
Vassar Middle/High High School
220 Athletic Street
Vassar, MI 48768

May 12-13, 2017
McCollough Unis Middle School
7801 Maple St.
Dearborn, MI 48126

January 1, 2017

FLL to Middle School FTC Transition

Welcome to our MI middle school FLL teams looking to transition to middle school FTC! A synopsis of the program is below followed by info on available grants. It's a bit long of a read but worth it!

FIRST In Michigan FTC is a middle school only program giving this age group their own "turf" on which to learn and play. FTC has proven to be a great fit for middle school students - keeping them engaged in STEM while building 21st century skills like programming in Java, app development, metal TETRIX build platform, and they control their robots with Smart Phones! Our middle school FTC students take their applicable skills and hit the ground running when they join their high school FRC teams. Visit our MI FTC State Championship photos to see our teams and program in action.

The 2016-2017 Team Start Up Guide  provides an overview of the program and answers many FAQs. An often asked question is the appropriateness of the program for 6th grade students. We currently have many 6th graders on middle school FTC teams; a mixed age team works best as the older students can help bridge the knowledge gap of the younger ones. Plus, then your team will only need to re-populate the 8th graders year to year. Great sustainability plan!